Finding diorama figures in Hot Wheels 1:64 scale is either really hard or really expensive… usually both. But with a little savvy know-how and some out-of-the-box thinking you’ll be able to add a whole variety of figures to your 1/64 scale diorama. Crowds of them in fact.
Finding Diorama Figures in 1/64 Scale
In order for us to find 1:64 scale figures for our Hot Wheels diorama we must accept the following truth: There are no 1:64 scale figures.
It’s a bit like the spoon in the matrix I suppose, and the sooner we grasp this horrible fact the sooner we can move on to our quest to find 1:64 scale figures. Wait! What? Exactly.
*I suppose I should actually point out the obvious fact that clearly there ARE 1:64 scale figures out in the market but since they are produced through Greenlight, Mattel and other random companies they end up costing a (teeny weeny) arm & a leg and are harder to find in the wild than a Super Treasure Hunt. They are also just wrong, as I’ll now
I would also like to point out that in my opinion the attempt from these various companies to produce true 1:64 scale people is kind of a fail. Hot Wheels had an Action series in the early 90’s and the figures within them are too large. Greenlight make figures that have different scale people within the same pack! And don’t even get me started on Tomica’s attempt.
1:75 Scale Figures? Meh Close Enough
Since 1:64 scale figures are so hard to come by at reasonably cheap (read: ridiculously cheap) prices we are left with no choice but to move away from the relative comfort of the 1:64 scale world and pay a visit to our slightly confused “I’m not sure whether I’m 1:75 or 1:87 scale” HO scale neighbours
The world of HO scale Trains is an incredibly large one that has been in existence for as long as trains have (one assumes) and as such is very well established. This means that if you are looking for ANYTHING diorama related for your Hot Wheels setup then your best chance of finding it is within the HO Scale train hobby world.
I have touched on the connections between Hot Wheels and HO Scale Trains already when I showed you How to make a Hot Wheels Diorama but for the sake of actually being helpful, the following links will provide you direct access to the products in question – you can then follow the hack below to make your own 1:64 scale people.
Buying Cheap 1:75 Scale Figures
The key word here is ‘CHEAP’ because we’re not after a figure or two, we want crowds of them to fill various scenes in our diorama. Paying $20 and up for 6 Greenlight figures for example is going to require a second mortgage and so we head to the one place where cheap shit is in abundance… Walmart, I mean eBay!
The image to the left is an example of what you need to purchase – and if you follow THIS LINK HERE you can just go buy them right now. If you decide you want to extend your search and see if there are better examples or diorama packs available then I recommend utilising the following searches within eBay:
- HO scale diorama (Figures)
- 1:75 diorama (Figures)
- 1:75 people
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Within the pack of 100 people you will find the heights of the people varying anywhere from 1.5cm to 2.7cm tall. Anything over 2.2cm is close enough to 1:64 scale and as such I simply go through and discard those that do not make the cut. As a general rule I only pick the very tallest ones and end up with around 20 standing and 10 or so sitting people. Also note that the moulds of the people are generally repeated so I recommend buying a few different varieties of packs so that you have a good variation of people and poses by the time you have culled the ‘under achievers’
Once you have found and purchased your pack of 100 or so people and discarded with the short ones you are ready for the following hack…
The Hack So Good They Are Literally Crowding Around.
- Separate your Tall Figures from the rest
- Paint and detail your figures so as to accentuate their different clothes and various looks
- Cut out a strip of plastic from the front, bottom, or top side of any standard Hot Wheels blister
- Superglue your characters to the plastic strip and hey presto – instant Rent-a-Crowd 😀
- Place your crowd of onlookers around a sweet Super that you recently cracked*
- Place your Rent-a-Crowd of almost 1:64 scale characters on your ever growing Hot Wheels Diorama
It goes without saying that how many characters and how large a sheet of clear hard plastic you choose to use is limited only by your imagination and capacity to place it somewhere. I am currently creating crowds of people in such a way that they can interact with the vehicles – placing the groupings in ways that mimic car meets, people having altercations on the road (ROAD RAGERS), general oglers and rubber neckers and anything else that comes to mind.
I have also just finished a brand new diorama (much larger this time) and although the following images offer a sneak peek at the setup so far you will be pleased to know that I will be updating you regularly and showing you just how ‘crowded’ this 1:64 scale Hot Wheels diorama gets.
Almost 1/64 Scale Figures Enjoying My Custom Hot Wheels Diorama
Now that you have nailed the art of creating infinite 1/64 scale figures for your Hot Wheels diorama the next step is to add those extra details that turn your setup from pretty awesome to #NailedIt! – for that I recommend catching up on the following resources here at MCH.
- How To Make a Diorama for Hot Wheels from Scratch
- How To Make a Junk Yard Diorama
- How To Make a Hot Wheels Drag Strip for your Diorama